How the Nets do in 2022 is of great importance to the Houston Rockets. What Brooklyn is able to do with their stars will have a huge impact on how their year goes.
The Houston Rockets will be watching the Brooklyn Nets very closely in 2022 and beyond.
You never want to pay too much attention to another team if it distrcts you from your own strengths and weaknesses, but the future in Houston is tied to the one in Brooklyn.
Due to the James Harden trade, the future will get brighter for the Rockets as the Nets get worse, and the good news in this regard is that the situation is not getting better in Brooklyn.
Kevin Durant is still likely to depart sooner rather than later. This much has shown no sign of changing despite the fact that it is taking time to move things along.
Durant is always going to be the most important part of this situation going forward, but he isn't the only star in New York.
Kyrie Irving is still a member of the Nets, and it looks like he isn't going anywhere.
Contrary to how this may seem for the Rockets, this is actually a piece of good news. Kyrie is still a great player, but there are some huge question marks in what he brings to a team at the moment.
First, you can already count on Irving to miss some games for some strange reason or another. Second, is this really the type of guy that you want to pair with someone like Ben Simmons?
Simmons already struggles with his head. Irving isn't going to help with that.
Kevin Durant is still going to bring something back to the Nets, but if he wasn't good enough to make Brooklyn competitive in the playoffs or regular season, Irving, Simmons, and another piece won't be able to do it either.
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